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FOURTEEN commercial motorcyclists popularly known as okada riders were yesterday convicted by a Lagos State Mobile Court for plying prohibited routes.
The convicts were among the 98 whose motorcycles were impounded by the Lagos State Environmental Sanitation and Special Offences Unit (Task Force).
They were convicted after pleading guilty to the charge against them.
Magistrate Lateef Owolabi ordered that their machines be confiscated and sentenced each of them to 10-hour community service.
The convicts are Joseph Macus, 20, Saida Ibrahim, 33, Imo Isaac, 42, Julius Cliper, 20, Quis Uba, 30, Solomon Yusuff, 25, Zra Yaya, 37, Reuben Danladi, 20, Ali Mohammed, 29, Musa Gigida, 44, Jumai Malaya, 45, Anas Sulaimon, 20, Zira Kwanki, 35 and Bakare Sanusi, 21.
The convicts, according to the court registrar, Bakare Jamiyu, have been taken to Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH), Ikeja and other public places to serve their sentences.
A statement by the task force said the motorcycles were impounded around 2nd Rainbow Bus stop near Mile 2, Lagos.It said there were reports of criminal activities against some of the motorcyclists, adding that they indiscriminately plied restricted routes to rob people of their valuables, such as, mobile phones, bags and wrist-watches.